Philosophy

At Bright Star, we value the importance of the roles that kaiako and leaders play in maintaining a high level of professionalism.

  • Kaiako keep up-to- date with current theories of learning, teaching and development. They work in-depth with the goals, dispositions and learning outcomes of Te Whāriki.
  • Kaiako are empowered and supported to contribute their strengths, passions and knowledge to our programme..
  • We are committed to upholding professionalism by applying appropriate behaviours as stated in the Responsibilities and Standards for Teaching Profession.
  • Kaiako share their knowledge (mohiotanga) and support each other to continue to grow and improve their professional practice. We demonstrate open and honest communication with each other to experience mutual respect and teamwork.
  • Kaiako engage in professional reading, robust discussions and constructive debates about their practice. Kaiako maintain our teaching journal to ensure reflective and effective practice.

We believe that relationships/ whanaungatanga are paramount to the provision of quality education and care.

  • We value a partnership that is founded on the components of open communication, mutual respect, reciprocation and responsiveness.
  • Kaiako value and knowledge parent and whānau aspirations for their tamariki, and take these into account in the assessment and planning process.
  • Relationships with parents and whānau are fostered through day-to-day interactions and formal opportunities. Parent and whānau are involved in leading and contributing to Bright Star’s programme by sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise.
  • We value and embrace the role that the wider whanau, iwi and community plays in ngā tamariki’s learning journey..
  • Bright Star provides an inclusive environment for ngā tamariki with learning support needs. Leaders and kaiako work in partnership with parents of these tamariki to improve and enhance their learning.

We value the environment as the third teacher. We strive to provide an environment that is nurturing, safe, challenging and responsive.

  • The environment includes a wide range of natural materials and cultural artefacts that reflect the cultural backgrounds of nga tamariki and their whānau.
  • We value an environment that is aesthetically pleasing, where everyone is passionate about the promotion and appreciation of the beauty and wonderment of the natural environment.
  • The outdoor environment provides opportunities for ngā tamariki to interact with the natural world, allowing them to create their own challenges and make discoveries with kaiako guidance.
  • When setting up an area or activity, we consider the importance of using the environment as a third teacher that supports ngā tamariki through their discovery.

We support and encourage children to become life-long learners.

  • Our programmes to infant and toddler care are influenced by the RIE approach.
  • Kaiako know about the “fund of knowledge” that ngā tamariki bring with them to Bright Star and use these as a basis for our programme planning.
  • Kaiako provide a curriculum that is intentionally responsive to ngā tamariki’s deep interests and contributes to their growing competency.
  • Kaiako provide opportunities for ngā tamariki to contribute to the development of a curriculum that is responsive to their culture, language and identities.
  • Kaiako recognise and acknowledge the whakapapa of Māori children. They value Māori children’s identities as the foundation for and key to their success.
  • Kaiako understand that language and culture are key to Pacific children’s identity and a positive sense of self.
  • We value the significance of tamariki learning through play. We support our tamariki to develop holistically.

We support the significant of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and embrace the multicultural nature of our community.

  • We help ngā tamariki to develop understandings about the bi-cultural nature of Aotearoa. We encourage children to be confident in their own cultural heritages.
  • Kaupapa Māori concepts such as manaakitanga, wairuatanga, whanaungatanga and kaitiakitanga are integral to curriculum decisions.
  • Kaiako take responsibility for learning te reo and te ao Māori, and integrating these meaningfully into the programme.
  • Kaiako support ngā tamariki to develop the understanding of the significance of Māori as tangata whenua through the use of te reo Māori, Māori symbols and learning experiences that focus on the environment (taiao) through the lens of atua Māori.

High quality child care centre in Newlands, Wellington. Near Newlands community centre, with easy parking and close to public transport